Thursday, January 22, 2009

Homework? On the weekend? Groan!

Belief in fate is the refuge of the irresponsible.

Hint: Perhaps I shouldn't listen to Tool while waiting for a late bus ...


  1. Ah, the Fickle Finger of Fate. Or is it Fate Giving You the Finger?

    Fate *is* the refuge of the lazy and the irresponsible. Fate did NOT punch out my daughter; 29 hours of labour did. Fate did not find me Love Chunks, a share-house, chemistry and conversation did. Fate didn't make Bulldog behave that way; her ego and insecurity did. Fate didn't make us buy this house; our eagerness, bank and finances did. Fate didn't - oh, you get my drift.

    However, it can be useful to explain the unexplainable. For example: Was it fate that we saw an ad for Fiats under $20K and are now leaning towards them instead of a sensible Mazda 3?

    GTH - the sad fate of two squid. Death at the hands of Franz?

  2. I agree completely.
    That is why I ALWAYS carry a sword.

  3. Urk! Go wash those hands immediately! What the heck have you been playing with??
    You have Mel Gibson eyes...

  4. I enjoy blaming things on others. It's all Fortuna's fault, the daft old bat

  5. Damn! My comment just disappeared. Obviously fate has decreed that my words not be heard.

  6. Something about fate and destiny, choosing your own road, leading to a particular destiny, but being able to change that destiny by choosing a different path....blah, blah, blah

  7. Fate intervened. If it was inevitable, how can it intervene?

    Heard the saying: Make your own luck..?

    Does the same apply for fate? I.e. Kath was wanting a car, she didn't go straight out and buy one, but when she saw an ad she jumped at it. She could have easily seen the ad, and looked past it, gone back to the original car. Then what happens to the so-called fate.

    Hard to narrow fate down to the irresponsible, but possibly fate is a term that makes people feel better about how some things come to be..?

  8. Kath - I could be with Shippy on this one. Wasn't it also fate that caused you to ignore all the ads for much more enjoyable and well-loved Suby Legacies?

    I'm actually inclined to think that it might be insanity making you lean towards a Fiat, but that's just me.

    TooS - Best link yet.

    River - Squink? What else?
    I take that as an insult!

    Squib - Yeah, but who does he blame things on?

    River - Maybe Google should rename itself "Fate".

    Shippy - This whole thing might be best narrowed down to my personal distaste for the spiritual ...

  9. Yeah, fair enough. Fiat was crap - cheekily advertising itself as being better than the standard 1.8 and 2 litre mazdas, corollas etc out there, when it's only 1.4 and only in manual. Bastards.

    Then we got our car broken into and are now thinking that we might as well keep it. After all, aren't thieves likely to target a newer car more often?

  10. I don't reckon - the older the car, the easier it is to break into ... I've heard.
    My oldest car used to get broken into and stolen all the time.


An explanation of The Joy Division Litmus Test

Although it may now be lost in the mysts of thyme, the poll below is still relevant to this blog. In the winter of 2008, Mele and I went to live in Queensland. In order to survive, I bluffed my way into a job at a Coffee Club.
It was quite a reasonable place to work: the hours were regular, the staff were quite nice, it wasn't particularly taxing on my brain.
There were a few downsides: In the six weeks or so that I worked there, there was about a 90% staff turnover (contributed to by my leaving). This wasn't seen as a result of the low pay, the laughability of staff prices or the practice of not distributing tips to staff, rather it was blamed on the lack of work ethic among Bribie Island's youth.
However, one of the stranger aspects of the cultural isolation that touched our lives during our time "up there" was the fact that nobody at my work had heard of the band Joy Division.
The full explanation is available here.
But please, interact a little further and vote in my ongoing poll. The results are slowly mounting up, proving one thing: people read this blog are more well-informed about Joy Division than anyone who works at the Coffee Club on Bribie Island.

Have you heard of the band Joy Division?

Chinese food, not Chinese Internet!

Champions of Guess The Header

  • What is Guess The Header about? Let’s ask regular “Writing” reader, Shippy: "Anyway, after Franzy's stunning September, and having a crack at 'Guess The Header' for the first time - without truly knowing what I was doing mind you - I think I finally understand what 'GTH' is all about. At first I thought you needed to actually know what it was. Don't get me wrong — if you know what it is, it may help you. I now realise that it's more Franzy's way of invoking thought around an image or, more often than not, part of an image. If you dissect slightly the GTH explanatory sentence at the bottom of his blog you come up with this: “The photo is always taken by me and always connects in some way to the topic of the blog entry it heads up.” When the header is put up, the blog below it will in some obscure way have something to do with it. “Interesting comments are judged and scored arbitrarily and the process is open to corruption and bribery with all correspondence being entered into after the fact and on into eternity, ad infinitum amen.” Franzy judges it, but it's not always the GTH that describes the place perfectly that gets it. “The frequent commenters, the wits, the wags and the outright smartarses who, each entry, engage to both guess the origin and relevance of the strip of photo at the top (or “head”) of each new blog and also who leave what I deem the most interesting comment.” It generally helps if you're a complete smartarse and can twist things to mean whatever you feel they should mean - exactly the way Franzy would like things to be twisted." - Shippy Blogger and GTH point scorer.
  • Nai - 1
  • Lion Kinsman - 2
  • Will - 2
  • Brocky - 2
  • Andy Pants - 2
  • The 327th Male - 3
  • Mad Cat Lady - 3
  • Miles McClagen - 4
  • Myninjacockle - 4
  • Asheligh - 5
  • Neil - 5
  • Third Cat - 5
  • Adam Y - 6
  • Squib - 6
  • Mele - 6
  • Moifey - 7
  • Jono - 8
  • The Other, other Sam - 14
  • Kath Lockett - 15
  • Shippy - 19
  • River - 32